8.4.3 Associations of citizens, advocacy groups, NGOs and advisory panels
The National Council for Council for Voluntary Organisations (http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/) is an umbrella body that aims to give a shared voice to voluntary organisations.
Local citizens are likely to be more empowered as a result of the new Coalition Government's pledge that referendums on local issues can be triggered if at least 5% of them submit a petition. This could work both in favour or against local cultural organisations or projects, e.g. in relation to whether financial support should be increased, sustained or withdrawn.